On arriving at Mestostadt at any time of the day you'll ask yourself: why did I not come here earlier? Why did I leave it so long?
The plazas of Mestostadt are obscured by that long afternoon light of late autumn. It gets into your eyes. It turns the mid-ground the colour of cough sweets, heavy with narcotics. All around you the public art is massive and blocky with women and men pregnant with gravity.
The books you find in the library: you can't read them but they are better designed than they need to be. As if they were intended for the longer stretches of history in spite of their ephemeral content. Potted plants dry beside the open windows. The summer abides here later than it does at home, in spite of the proximity to your native climate.
You are surprised to get wifi at the eatery where the pizzas are larger than the tables. There is no reason to be surprised. There are no more or fewer decaying internet cafes here than at home. You haven't seen a single place to rent videos. The cinemas are filled with stop-motion animation. Not all of it is dense and heavy with clay.
In the gardens of Mestostadt the foliage ticks with rendering errors. It becomes more mathematically itself with each iteration. The grass corrects itself as you roll an empty bottle of cheap rose back and forth across the lawn. A concrete hydra towers above splashing with light and water, frothing in the air. The scent of an old woman's cigarette drifts on the wind.
The train leaves in a hour. You promise yourself to come back sooner.
Entropy Circus is Sally Kitchener, Solomon Kirchner & Zali Krishna. They recorded this album in Graz in 2017.